National Cardmaking Day

October 3rd is National Cardmaking Day So I thought I’d share one of my more special cards with you. Hope you enjoy.

Hybrid Card Making for Someone Special

My daughter recently celebrated a birthday, and in what has now become an annual tradition, I flew up to Sydney to spend her birthday weekend with her.

It’s been a difficult year for her and I wanted to make her a card to let her know how much she means to me and how much I admire her.

I used my favourite card making technique…hybrid scrapbooking.

I always enjoy the enormous scope for creativity I get by combining digital with paper elements. I can tailor my digital elements to suit my project by changing the colours, size and even the overall shape.

For this card I used a chipboard concertina mini book as the base and all the digital elements are from my Night over Rhone kit (available free through the Step by Step Digital Scrapbook Program) combined with some papers from Thao Cosgrove’s Art Journal Kit from Scrap Girls.

Hybrid scrapbook card for Seona

I used the masking tool to extract the images of Seona from the rest of the photo so that I could feature her. After all , this card is all about her.

Then I desaturated the background of the photos  and blended them into the background papers by reducing the opacity a little. That way I got a silhouette of Seona whilst still keeping some context of her surroundings.

The arched window from Night over Rhone is one of my favourite elements and it is very easy to change the shape and size of it so that it fits the arched shape of the chipboard page. And there’s something special about putting a photo behind a window frame I think. It sort of gives the idea of looking in on a private moment.

Hybrid scrapbook card for SeonaIt’s no secret that I am a huge fan of flowers and brads, both digital and ‘real life’ so no card of mine would be complete unless I managed to incorporate some into the design.

Seona was very happy with the card. She said, “Oooh, my first ‘book’ card!”

I and I realised that I hadn’t made her a card in book form before.  She has a significant birthday coming up next year, her first significant one since I started card making, so I’ll really be pulling out the stops for that.

And you can back it in that whatever I decide to do I’ll be using hybrid scrapbooking to do it.

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5 Responses to National Cardmaking Day

  1. Antoinette October 4, 2009 at 7:24 am #

    The card looks awesome! I’ve never tried hybrid before, but seeing your card I think I should give it a try (Lord knows I have enough ‘real’ stuff in drawers everywhere) I never use the real stuff, but I love all the embellishments (esp. flowers) so much, they just beg me to buy them ;)

  2. karooch October 4, 2009 at 2:17 pm #

    Yep. That’s what happens with me too Antoinette. So I try to use the embellishments on my cards and ATCs. It helps to control the guilt and helps me to feel justified in buying more.

  3. landscape ideas October 27, 2009 at 4:21 am #

    Great work! i like the hybrid scrapbook! This is very popular among teenager’s!

  4. Tess December 12, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    Nice craft, I like the cards.

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